TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — One of NASCAR's big shots won at Talladega Superspeedway, a hectic and crash-filled race that still, somehow, managed to showcase three drivers in need of a job.
Matt DiBenedetto, Erik Jones and Ty Dillon all followed winner Denny Hamlin across the finish line in a predictably chaotic and white-knuckled triple-overtime finish. A win would not have locked down a 2021 seat for any member of the trio, but it certainly would have generated buzz to sway a potential sponsor.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead sang the national anthem from a remote location. Troy Aikman, borrowing Matthew McConaughey's trademark phrase “All right, all right, all right,” commanded drivers to start their, uh, simulators.
NASCAR's new normal resumed Sunday with another virtual event, the second in an iRacing series thrown together after the coronavirus pandemic stopped nearly all sports. NASCAR's 36-race season was suspended four events into the year.